USC Kortschak Center For Learning and Creativity



Director of Educational Technology and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Education, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Patrick Crispen is the Director of Educational Technology for the University of Southern California’s (USC) Keck School of Medicine where he also holds a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Education. He is also an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) in USC’s Rossier School of Education where he teaches face-to-face and online masters- and doctoral-level education classes.

Between 2009 and 2014, Crispen served as a manager in USC’s Information Technology Services where he managed USC’s enterprise-level learning management system and ancillary course technologies budgeting, staffing, and support services.

Crispen has 25 years of experience in the field of educational technology and has assisted higher education institutions, K-12 schools and districts, state departments of education, regional and national educational consortia, and corporations with the creation and deployment of effective academic technology methodology and curriculum. Crispen also was a simulations director for and founding staff member of the Space Academy Level II Program (now called “Advanced Space Academy”) at the United States Space Camp, authored four titles for the online training library and has co-authored two classroom technology textbooks.

Patrick’s research focuses are the effective and efficient use of cognitive task analysis in education as well as the creation of enterprise-level evaluative frameworks to align existing educational technologies with the pedagogical needs of research-intensive higher education institutions.

Since October 1997, Crispen has been an invited, weekly panelist on a call-in radio show on WGN Radio in Chicago. The show, the “Website Wednesday Night” portion of the “Steve and Johnnie” show, is broadcast live to 38 states and most of Canada on AM 720 and is also simulcast over the Internet. Callers from around the country ask computer- and technology-related questions which Crispen, and a panel of two other experts, answer.

He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Alabama, a master’s degree in educational technology (online) from Pepperdine University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from USC.